UPDATE: Brett Forte’s widow Susan Forte has described her husband as her “hero” and “soul mate” in an emotional speech at the fallen officers’ funeral.
There was not a dry eye in the room as Susan Forte bravely spoke about her beloved husband, who was killed in the line of duty last Monday.
“To my wonderful husband Brett, you were a fantastic husband to me and father to our children,” Ms Forte said through tears.
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“I promise to raise our children with the values you held dear.
“I’ll miss your inappropriate comments that always made me laugh so much.
“You were my hero and my soul mate and I will love you forever.”
— 7 News Queensland (@7NewsQueensland) June 7, 2017
EARLIER: Senior Constable Brett Forte, the well-respected Queensland officer gunned down in the line of duty last Monday, will be farewelled at a police funeral in Toowoomba today.
The funeral will be held at 11.00am at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre.
Assistant Commissioner Tony Wright said he expected a large crowd made up of Senior Constable Forte’s family, friends and colleagues.
“Since last Monday’s tragic events, we have been inundated with well wishes and messages of support from the community which has been very touching,” Assistant Commissioner Wright said.
“Tomorrow is all about honouring Senior Constable Forte’s sacrifice and our officers have been working around the clock to ensure everything is in place to give him the dignified farewell that he deserves.
Police say a number of road closures will be put in place around the venue.
“We are expecting a large crowd to attend the funeral tomorrow, and we have done extensive planning to ensure that we get everyone in and out safely.
“The venue can seat around 2,000 people and a big screen will be erected out the front with temporary seating available for attendees if the venue becomes full.”
People will be able to watch the funeral live on the Channel Seven, Nine and Ten from 11.00am.
ABC News will also broadcast parts of the service on its news channel.